Police arrest man suspected of stabbing, slashing Detroit medics

Updated: 12:27 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police on Tuesday arrested the man suspected of stabbing and slashing two Detroit medics who were helping an injured woman in the Cass Corridor.

The man, who was wanted for a 2006 homicide, was arrested and charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and other crimes not connected to the EMS attack.

Michael Montgomery
Michael Montgomery

The suspect was identified as Michael Montgomery, 30, of Detroit.

Charges are pending in the attack that severely injured EMTs Alfredo Rojas and Kelly Adams. The medics were tending to a woman with an injured ankle at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at Third and Martin Luther King when her acquaintance pulled out a sharp object.

Police said the suspect lunged at Rojas, stabbing him and slashing him in the face before Adams intervened and was severely cut. The medics rushed to Detroit Receiving Hospital in their ambulance with serious lacerations to their hands and faces.

Mayor Mike Duggan said Adams may have saved Rojas’ life.

Interim Fire Commissioner Eric Jones plans to meet soon with Police Chief James Craig to discuss self-defense for medics.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Does anyone know if City of Detroit Medics use Kevlar? This would not have helped in this instance, but perhaps in the near future it might.